[ 2007-02-01 10:05 ]
|Lane Garrison arrives at the 'Prison Break'
end of season party held on Stage 16 at the FOX studios in this April 27,
2006 file photo in Century City, Calif. [AP]|
"Prison Break" actor Lane Garrison should be charged with felony
gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the
influence of alcohol or drugs for a solo car crash that killed a
teenage passenger and injured two others, police said Wednesday.
Police Chief David L. Snowden said investigators have also asked county
prosecutors to charge Garrison, 26, with contributing to the delinquency of a
Investigators recommended that the DUI allegation carry the enhancement that
he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or more. An adult driver in
California is legally over the limit at 0.08 percent.
Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney,
said the police report was under review but no decision had been made on whether
to file charges.
Garrison's Land Rover jumped a curb and struck a tree on Dec. 2, killing
17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student Vahagn Setian and injuring two
15-year-old girls who were also in the vehicle.
Garrison's attorney, Harland Braun, had no immediate comment.
Snowden said Garrison had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent. After the
crash, police said, the actor volunteered to submit a blood sample and analysis
of it found he also had cocaine in his system.
Police were waiting to hear from the district attorney's office before making
If charged and convicted of gross vehicular
manslaughter, Garrison, a Dallas native who plays "Tweener" on
the Fox drama, could face up to 10 years in prison.
Braun has said previously that Garrison met the youths at a grocery store and
accompanied them to a party, where he had one drink. He told the Los Angeles
Times that Garrison didn't remember anything about the accident after waking up
in a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
The Garrison case marked the second time this week that crash investigators
have asked for charges against a Hollywood celebrity in a traffic death.
On Monday, the California Highway Patrol recommended to the Los Angeles city
attorney that actress-singer Brandy, 27, be charged with misdemeanor vehicular
manslaughter for freeway chain-reaction crash that killed a woman motorist in
driving under the influence of